MEDIA ADVISORY : Leaving no one behind: Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2063 for inclusive growth in Africa

Jun 14, 2016

Pretoria, South Africa: Since the May 2013 adoption by African Member States of Agenda 2063 that seeks an integrated, peaceful and prosperous continent, and the September 2015 agreement by all UN Member States on the universal and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), African countries are working to integrate both agendas into regional and national development plans, policies and programmes, aimed at inclusive prosperity for all within the planet’s boundaries.

The two agendas broadly converge, and in the global 2030 Agenda, Member States “reaffirm the importance of supporting the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the programme of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), all of which are integral to the new Agenda.” The United Nations is assisting countries to implement and report on the 2030 Agenda, and seeking areas of convergence is an opportunity to increase effectiveness and avoid duplication.

As a first level of support to government officials, civil society and development actors on integrating the two agendas into national and sub-national plans, the UN Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Africa, together with the African Union and in partnership with government of Kazakhstan, is convening two sub-regional workshops in Johannesburg, South Africa and Dakar, Senegal during June 2016. The workshops will be an opportunity to understand the main thrusts of Agenda 2030 and 2063, exchange information and experiences, including on the different practical tools available to move the two agendas forward. UNDP will also be presenting its comparative analysis of the two agendas.

What:              Workshop on Integrating the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Africa’s Agenda 2063 into National Development Plans and Strategies in Sub- Saharan Africa.

When:            Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 June, 2016

Where:           The Capital West Hotel, Morningside, Johannesburg, South Africa

                                  Who:             

Mr Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency, South Africa

Dr Anthony Maruping, Commissioner for Economic Affairs, African Union Commission

H.E. Mr. Talgat Kaliyev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to South Africa

Mr Gana Fofang, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative, South Africa

Participants from all east and southern African countries.

There will be press availability with participants at 1030am on Wednesday 15 June 2016.

Contact information

For more information or media interviews, please contact:

Christina Nyambalo, UNDP South Africa; +27 764 648 468; christina.nyambalo@undp.org

Lamine Bal, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, (New York); +1 212 906 5937; lamine.bal@undp.org

Sandra Macharia, UNDP Communications Advisor, sandra.macharia@undp.org

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